Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has spoken up about his ill-fated Barcelona exit for the first time since making the transfer to France.
The Argentine maestro, while revealing he dreams of becoming the technical director of the club in the future, also said that Barcelona president Joan Laporta's comments after his departure hurt him badly.
“His (Laporta's) words hurt me. I don’t deserve that.”, Messi told Spanish newspaper Sport.
“I’ve always said I’d like to come back and help the club in any way I could. I want to be useful, to help. So that it goes well with FC Barcelona. I think it would be nice to be technical director, but I’m not sure if I can get that role and if I can get it at Barça. But if there’s an opportunity, I’m definitely open to it. I love Barcelona, really hope the club gets healthy again and continues to be one of the best in the world.
“The truth is that, as I explained when I left, I did everything possible to stay,” said Messi.
“I was never asked to play for free. I was asked to pay my salary with fifty percent. I did that without any problem. That’s how I wanted to help FC Barcelona. It was my and my family’s desire to stay in Barcelona. The president’s words were really not okay. They hurt me.
“It felt like Laporta took the ball from me but then didn’t know what to do with it. He just didn’t have to say those things. Now people may think I’ve caused doubt. I don’t deserve that.”